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Thursday, 12 March 2015

12 March 2015. Oh, The Humanity!! Tomorrow is FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!!

00 Black Cat. It's Friday the 13th... Shudder. 13.09.13

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Tomorrow is FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH! OH NO! We all gotta crawl into our holes until the day’s over. Truly… Friday the 13th is just another day, kids… pass the jug and smile. Watch all the numbnutz shit that’s gonna come down tomorrow. As I say, smile and thank the Good God for another day… I’ve NEVER had gnarly shit happen to me on Friday the 13th… I’ll confide that I’m not alone.

A special note to Orthodox people… I’ll lay even money that those who believe in the “toll house” fallacy also believe in Friday the 13th… one is just as logical and true as the other one is…

BMD

Sunday, 8 March 2015

8 March 2015. 8 Марта… It’s International Women’s Day… с Праздником!

00 8 March 01. International Womens Day. 08.03.15

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00 8 March 02. International Womens Day. 08.03.15

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00 8 March 03. International Womens Day. 08.03.15

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00 8 March 04. International Womens Day. 08.03.15

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Here’s one of the old Sov holidays that the people refused to abandon. Sadly, in the “Ukraine”, the Galician Uniate neofascists are trying to stamp it out. Trust me, the people in the DNR and the LNR are keeping it alive… the rest of Novorossiya is keeping it alive… mostly everyone else is keeping it alive. So, it’s our day, girls. 8 March… to the feast! Socialism IS good!

BMD

Thursday, 26 February 2015

26 February 2015. Taking the Snow Fort… An Established Part of Maslenitsa Fun

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One of the established parts of Maslenitsa fun is the storming of the snow fort. Here’s part of this year’s bash.

BMD

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

What’s Shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark? Pugovka the Hedgehog Predicts an Early Spring, That’s What!

00 Pugovka the Hedgehog. Groundhog Day. Russia. Yekaterinburg Zoo. 03.02.15

She chose “sunny” for an early spring! That’s what’s shakin’ at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark…

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On Monday, Pugovka, a long-eared Russian hedgehog at the Yekaterinburg Zoopark, promised the people of the Urals an early spring, in a local event rivalling the American holiday Groundhog Day. Handlers placed Pugovka, the Russian diminutive for “button” or “buttonette” on a mat before two separate sets of plates with her favourite delicacies, including curds, carrots, and ground meat, with the phrases “early spring”, “late spring”, “sunny”, and “cloudy”. Unable to make up her mind at first, Pugovka eventually chose “early spring”. Then, hesitating a bit between “’sunny” and “cloudy”, she ended up at “sunny”, signalling an early and sunny spring. This is Pugovka’s fourth year serving as prognosticator. A Yekaterinburg Zoopark statement noted, “This event is similar to the overseas Groundhog Day and the ancient Roman Hedgehog Day, where the animals make predictions regarding the coming spring. However, our zoopark doesn’t have a groundhog, so our long-eared hedgehog Pugovka got the job. This year, she continued her responsibility… to determine what kind of weather awaits us when spring begins”.

German immigrants brought customs to the USA that became the famous American holiday Groundhog Day, popularised around the world by the 1993 film of the same name. According to the American tradition, if Punxsutawney Phil leaves his burrow and doesn’t see his shadow, his country will have an early spring. This year, Phil emerged from his burrow atop Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania and saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter for North America. In recent years, some Russian cities decided to celebrate the holiday themselves, but using hedgehogs instead of groundhogs. The groundhogs used in America, the Marmota monax, only range in North America; in Russia, the hedgehog is a widespread woodland animal, having much forest and cultural lore. North American groundhogs in Russian zooparks usually sleep through the 2 February holiday, given the longer Russian winters.

2 February 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/art_living/20150202/1017660774.html

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